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Saturday, April 30, 2016

Location: Brush Hollow Reservoir

 
1970's Barquero, was at the time unusual for LVC as it was an American production filmed entirely in Colorado.  Much of the action took place at the Brush Hollow Reservoir located in Penrose, Colorado.
 
I visited this location twice, once in 2014 and again in 2015 to try to track down the Barquero locations.  This was particularly challenging as the terrain and water level has changed drastically in the past 45 years, making it virtually impossible to identify any locations from one side of the "river" as featured in the movie. 
 
As featured in the film, the story takes place on the Parla River, with the small settlement of Lonely Dell on one side, and quicker access to Mexico on the other.  The bulk of the story has LVC's Travis on the "Mexican" side, and Warren Oates' Remy on the Lonely Dell side.  There is nothing left identifiable on the "Mexican" side aside from landscape shots of the plateau in the background.  The Lonely Dell side yields slightly more identity as the bank of the settlement can be exactly pinpointed.
 
A few comparisons below-
 
 
Travis arrives in Lonely Dell
 
 
Later in the film Remy is on the Lonely Dell side
 

Finale - Travis returns to the Lonely Dell side.  Notice the outhouse behind LVC is an actual public restroom today.
 

 Travis stares down Remy.  Dock area on the "Mexican" side has completely grown over in the past 45 years.
 
 
 
Additional photos - "Mexican" side (nothing left to screen match)
 

 
 
Additional photos - Lonely Dell side
 


 
 


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Location: Los Albaricoques - Town of Bowie

 
Los Albaricoques is a very familiar site to Spaghetti Western fans, beginning with it's appearance in A Fistful of Dollars.  This location would go on to appear in three LVC films, including For a Few Dollars More (as seen here), Day of Anger, and El Condor.

This small town has fully embraced this cinema background, with signage throughout the town marking where important scenes from these films were shot.  Additionally all the streets in the town have been renamed after Spaghetti Western personalities.

This report will focus on it's appearance as the fictional town of Bowie in Day of Anger.


Frank Talby arrives in Bowie


Scott Mary follows


Talby arrives at the saloon
 
 
Once arriving at the saloon, the interiors were filmed at a separate location in Tabernas as covered here 
 
After the interior action is complete the exterior switches back to the Los Albaricoques location where Talby guns down Wild Jack. 
 
 
 
 
Which brings us to the fifth lesson...
 
"You wound a man, you better kill him, or sooner or later he's gonna to kill you"